Live blog: Second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney

Live blog: Second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney

President Obama and Mitt Romney are debating at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. CNN's Candy Crowley moderates and the debate is in a town hall format.

Follow the stream below for fact checks and analysis by Boston.com and Boston Globe staff. 

Staff contributors include:
Business reporter Megan Woolhouse               Business reporter Beth Healy                       

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  • GG 10/17/2012 2:33:22 AM
    Sick of Obama here!! his debt, his gass prices
  • Jasper 10/17/2012 2:33:26 AM
    Iceland Nationalised and it worked out great for them. Obama hasn't done bupkus for helping me figure out where I stand in his world. I get his manifesto but it's not my thing, so I keep blanking out on his long winded talking.
  • Megan Woolhouse, Globe Staff 10/17/2012 2:33:26 AM
    ANALYSIS: Obama said he will close tax loopholes that allow employers to deduct the cost of their expenses if they move off-shore. That's a key tax break for many companies. Romney has not been as specific when he talks about loopholes and which ones he will close.
  • 123ABC 10/17/2012 2:33:28 AM
    Really, we need to create jobs? Mr. Obama wants to create public sector jobs. Obama wouldn't know the truth if he fell over it.
  • Korben 10/17/2012 2:33:31 AM
    Apple will never come back
  • June 10/17/2012 2:33:36 AM
    Think about this....do you trust a man dedicated to his Mormon faith or someone schooled by the radical Reverand Wright.....think about the soul of each man and how that drives their leadership
  • wvgal 10/17/2012 2:33:42 AM
    Obama came into a bad recession. I think he has done a wonderful job and is the best man for the job for the next 4 years. He is straight up . Romney says what you want to hear and will change when someone else wants to hear something different.
  • christo40 10/17/2012 2:33:44 AM
    Romney has no credibility on in-sourcing jobs in the USA....with his dismal record of outsourcing jobs while at Bain
  • doktorphil 10/17/2012 2:33:48 AM
    If we can just lower the minimum wage and get rid of taxes on the "Job Creators" ..we can bring back jobs from China....and maybe call centers from India... One day the iPhones will be "made in USA." ...
    under Mitt.
  • Fat guy 10/17/2012 2:33:53 AM
    Moderator lobbing soft balls for Oama
  • simon 10/17/2012 2:33:57 AM
    Jobs Pioneering.............the work of Romney
  • Whiskersvtwin 10/17/2012 2:33:58 AM
    If iPhone brings there manufacturing here, the price WILL go up and no one will buy them.
  • Sick of the Mittster 10/17/2012 2:34:00 AM
    OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD! Go back to sleep.
  • 123ABC 10/17/2012 2:34:08 AM
    Where are your specifics, Mr. Obama? What are you going to do? Because the only thing you have done is tell me what Mr. Romney is done.
  • Shawn Berry 10/17/2012 2:34:10 AM
    Romney - epic fail tonight. No plan, same old promises, can't even point to any accomplishments because he had none.
  • DanaDane 10/17/2012 2:34:12 AM
    @Cc he is right about the 47%
  • G.lopez 10/17/2012 2:34:15 AM
    Obama needs the prompter hurry
  • Display Name:roark architect 10/17/2012 2:34:17 AM
    god forbid you try and start a manufacturing firm anywhere near an Obama supporter
  • fed up 10/17/2012 2:34:19 AM
    I don't believe either one can bring the change we need. Maybe we need $6 a gallon gas to reduce our use.... maybe we should all pay the same tax rate to be fair and equitable..... I am so depressed!!
  • JP 10/17/2012 2:34:21 AM
    Romney never answers question about well
  • thatgirl 10/17/2012 2:34:23 AM
    @fred are you joking? since when what 9/11 president obama's fault.... and the embassy in libya was attacked, yes, but it wasn't outright bombed. stop using stereotypical terror terms.
  • Shawn Berry 10/17/2012 2:34:33 AM
    iphones made in usa will cost $
    1000
  • DSB 10/17/2012 2:34:44 AM
    business expenses are legitimate deductions even if it is moving overseas.
  • Jasper 10/17/2012 2:34:46 AM
    Shouldn't we be shifting money to putting up stronger shields? Sounds to me like it's too steal our stuff. Weak links somewhere
  • Fred 10/17/2012 2:34:51 AM
    still all Bush's fault and all those rich folk... but I (Obama) am actually so well off I don't even look at mine - thank you US Taxpayers and the big payday once I'm out of office and on the speaking tour
  • simon 10/17/2012 2:34:55 AM
    History is a lesson.............come America learn from the Romney record
  • Tyler 10/17/2012 2:34:59 AM
    Obama says there are some jobs that will never come back to the US. Not a good line by him...
  • goddess 10/17/2012 2:35:01 AM
    Steve Jobs was tight with Obama. Seems like he would have made Apple products here -- to help his friend out.
  • MassResident 10/17/2012 2:43:02 AM
    Back to the usual Mitt....this is why people don't like him. He's going to lose his home state by 25 points.
  • wvgal 10/17/2012 2:43:04 AM
    Romney does not respect the American people. He looks down on them
  • goddess 10/17/2012 2:43:06 AM
    One can't expect anything but thuggery from Obama.
  • American 10/17/2012 2:43:10 AM
    Nothing less than an execution by Romney. Obama unprepared, hesitant, uninformed. It was simply Mitt from the top rope.
  • Paul 10/17/2012 2:43:14 AM
    ABC just went to George Will and his mike was off
  • KevRyan 10/17/2012 2:43:16 AM
    Obama done great !!!
  • middleclassmom 10/17/2012 2:43:19 AM
    I don't think Romney conviced me to vote for him tonight.
  • SaveUsFromBarry 10/17/2012 2:55:41 AM
    Likeability is what put this unqualified individual in office 4 years ago. It's the same people that think trophies should be given for last place. I am truly worried about our future!
  • goddess 10/17/2012 2:55:46 AM
    You're right, American.
  • American 10/17/2012 2:56:02 AM
    One with reality Kevy
  • abl 10/17/2012 2:56:29 AM
    @jb - so you thought Romney should have just let Obama drone on? Are you really Candy Crowley?
  • SaveUsFromBarry 10/17/2012 2:56:32 AM
    @goddess thinking you're far from one.
  • goddess 10/17/2012 2:56:41 AM
    You're right, SaveUsFromBarry.
  • KevRyan 10/17/2012 2:56:50 AM
    Go back watching Pox News!
  • Paul 10/17/2012 2:57:07 AM
    Fox news just ask Gov patrick who won the debate??? Definition of rhetorical question!
  • American 10/17/2012 2:57:23 AM
    Obama lied continously. Tried to escape Benghazi response, lied about fast and furious. complete failure for the Obama campaign Zero facts from the Obama campaign. No numbers, no specific, nothing but empty promises like his first campaign
  • observer 10/17/2012 2:57:27 AM
    Did someone keep track of how many times Romney went back on his words and earlier actions as Governor or business leader?
    1) (47% vs 100%) 2) Outsourcing 3) Immigration 4) Health care
  • American 10/17/2012 2:57:43 AM
    So angry Kevy. Just like a liberal
  • pr52 10/17/2012 2:57:48 AM
    SaveUs, what are you doing to benefit the U.S.?
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